The flight time from New York to Chicago is 2 hours, 31 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LGA New York, NY 3 minutes early.
21 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 55 minutes in the air
12 minutes taxiing in
Arrives MDW Chicago, IL 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
83%
United
81%
Southwest
79%
SkyWest
75%
JetBlue
74%
Spirit
70%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
2h 19m
Spirit
2h 23m
United
2h 27m
American
2h 37m
SkyWest
2h 39m
JetBlue
2h 40m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Reverse Journey

2 hours, 1 minute

Flights Per Week

256

Distance

725 Miles

Flights By Month ?

JFMAMJJASOND05001,000

Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun010203040

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
97
United
72
Southwest
40
JetBlue
19
SkyWest
14
Spirit
13

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves New York 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 21 minutes
In the Air 115 minutes
Taxiing In 12 minutes
Arrives Chicago 9 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 10 minutes. For example, from New York to Chicago, Southwest is 79% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 79% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 83% 15% 2%
United 81% 17% 2%
Southwest 79% 17% 4%
SkyWest 75% 21% 4%
JetBlue 74% 23% 3%
Spirit 70% 23% 7%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between New York and Chicago, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
Southwest 19 110 6 139
Spirit 16 113 10 143
United 20 114 10 147
American 21 116 15 157
SkyWest 24 120 12 159
JetBlue 24 119 15 160

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
5am 0.12
6am 3.52
7am 2.24
8am 2.51
9am 3.63
10am 1.66
11am 1.52
12pm 2.15
1pm 1.75
2pm 1.88
3pm 2.63
4pm 2.56
5pm 2.97
6pm 2.4
7pm 1.24
8pm 1.9
9pm 1.72

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from New York to Chicago that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 948
February 868
March 989
April 1032
May 1189
June 1189
July 1202
August 1273
September 1228
October 1236
November 1108
December 1033

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from New York to Chicago that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 39.2
Tuesday 38.5
Wednesday 38.5
Thursday 39.4
Friday 39
Saturday 25.4
Sunday 35.5

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
American 97
United 72
Southwest 40
JetBlue 19
SkyWest 14
Spirit 13

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
5am 16 112 18 147
6am 16 115 11 144
7am 19 115 15 152
8am 19 117 13 151
9am 24 113 11 151
10am 26 115 11 155
11am 23 114 11 151
12pm 21 114 10 149
1pm 18 114 12 149
2pm 19 116 12 149
3pm 23 118 14 158
4pm 23 117 11 155
5pm 27 119 16 166
6pm 23 115 12 154
7pm 24 114 11 151
8pm 19 111 7 141
9pm 15 112 8 139
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.